Like many of you already know, and has my esteemed colleague Tom already pointed out, World AIDS Day is December 1. I was browsing the WAD website today, a day that originally started in the UK, and found this awesome media file of the official red ribbon. Mark your calendar, check out what local events are in your area, and maybe attend an event. We here at QL salute and honor all those who are affected by this disease.
In no great surprise, new research from sociologists at the universities of Kent and Winchester have found that young, soon-to-be professional football players (16-18 years-old, and ‘soccer’ players to Americans) are much more likely to openly accept gay players. Out of the 22 individuals interviewed, all said they supported one of their colleagues coming out.
Dr Roberts said: ‘The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.
Just days ago the same-sex marriage bill passed it’s final reading in the House of Commons, and Queen Elizabeth II wasted no time in giving the legislation the Royal Assent and making into law! Now Same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and the first same-sex marriages are expected to start next summer.
The new law allows for religious and civil ceremonies, however religious organisations will have to “opt-in” to offer weddings. Also we won’t be seeing any weddings performed by the Church of England, who are banned in the new law from doing so.
A beautiful video from Equality Network, Scotland’s LGBT charity pushing for equal rights.
Just recently, the British House of Lords approved plans to fully legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Currently, only same-sex unions are available to couples in the UK. The legislature passed with a huge amount of support, and what’s bloody brilliant is the Church of England have declared they are giving up the fight against the inevitable!
However that doesn’t mean the Church is going to leave everything up to the politicians. In fact, the truth is just the oppositie, bishops will be joining the politicians in order to “strengthen” the bill, said Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Convenor of the Lords Spiritual.
“Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales,” said Bishop Stevens.
In honor of IDAHO, we have some more international news. ILGA Europe launched it’s Rainbow Europe package, assessing how well our Queer brothers and sisters are treated. In America, we typically view Europe as very progressive, free-loving people. Well if you’d seen the news recently you’d know that’s not really the case. From death threats, to riots, to vicious beatings, Europe isn’t as safe as what many of us think it is.
The map ILGA Europe released goes from dark green, representing full equality and respect, to dark red, gross violations of human rights, discrimination.